Weekend group day pass – available April 7
Beginning in April, Calgary Transit will be offering a new weekend group day pass for customers. This new pass is targeted to groups and families traveling together who don’t use transit regularly but could benefit from discounted transit fares to attend events and activities on weekends and holidays.
The price of the weekend group day pass is $15 and it is valid for unlimited travel on a weekend day (or holiday Monday) for groups of up to five people including up to two adults. The price is intended to provide savings for a group versus the cost of each customer buying round-trip travel separately.
The weekend group day pass will be announced publicly on April 3, and will be available starting April 7 just in time for the Easter long weekend. Customers can purchase the pass from TVMs at CTrain stations, or on My Fare, Calgary Transit’s mobile ticketing app.
Bikes on CTrain pilot update – extension
In May 2022, Calgary Transit began a pilot program allowing bikes on CTrains at all hours of operation. The pilot was originally scheduled to end on March 31, 2023, but with the recent return to pre-pandemic CTrain ridership, Calgary Transit is extending it to December 31, 2023, to get a better understanding of impacts to the typical customer experience.
This extension will allow for further review and monitoring of usage and impacts. Calgary Transit will report back to Council, through the Infrastructure and Planning Committee, after the pilot ends. The pilot extension coincides with other initiatives Calgary Transit is taking to encourage integration with cycling and transit:
• The procurement and installation of bike racks on all buses, including community shuttles, is on track to be complete by the end of 2023.
• Calgary Transit has fabricated an educational practice bike rack for buses, to help Calgarians learn about bikes on buses and gain familiarity with using a bike rack.
• Calgary’s shared e-Bike operation zone is being extended to include some suburban locations, allowing customers to use shared e-Bikes to access CTrain stations farther from downtown.
Reserved parking at stations – opening up more free spaces
As ridership has increased to pre-pandemic levels, so has demand for free parking at park and ride locations. However, demand for reserved stalls has not returned, and some customers have expressed frustration that there are empty reserved stalls in the morning and not enough free stalls.
To address this, after reviewing park and ride capacity versus use, Calgary Transit is reducing the number of reserved stalls at several lots throughout the city. These reductions take effect April 1. The table below shows the number of reserved stalls that will be converted to free parking at each lot.
Number of reserved spots being removed:
Tuscany – Tuscany – 28
Tuscany – Rocky Ridge -13
Crowfoot – 217
Dalhousie – 88
Brentwood – 76
Somerset-Bridlewood – 85
Shawnessy – 81
Fish Creek-Lacombe – 203
Canyon Meadows – 44
Anderson – 40
Southland – 51
Heritage – 28
Chinook – 14
39 Avenue -24
Customers will start to see reserved parking signs being covered up this week and can begin using those stalls for free as soon as the signs are covered. The permanent reserved parking signs will be removed over the course of the spring.
*Please note, while the changes officially take effect April 1, reserved parking signs will start being covered this week, and customers can use those stalls for free as soon as they are covered.